New Number 11 buses hit the streets of North Ayrshire

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The Ardrossan Herald has reported that Stagecoach has launched 27 new buses between Ardrossan, Kilwinning, Irvine and Kilmarnock as part of a £5.6m investment. All new vehicles are fitted with Euro VI engines, free WIFI and USB charging points.

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Govia Thameslink franchise ‘not providing value for money’

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BBC News has reported that the National Audit Office has said the Govia Thameslink (GTR) franchise, the largest in the UK, has not provided value for money and services had been worse since GTR took over the franchise in July 2015. Since then, 7.7% of services had been cancelled or delayed by 30 minutes, compared…

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Diesel car sales to plunge again this year, study warns

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BBC News has reported that sales of diesel cars will account for just 15% of the UK market by 2025, down from a 50% peak, according to Aston University. Aston expects a further 10% drop in sales this year. Sales of new diesel cars fell 17.1% last year.

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Driverless cars ‘demand overhaul of major cities’, says Ford

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James Titcomb reports that the chief executive of Ford, Jim Hackett, has warned of overwhelming pollution and paralysing congestion if cities continue to grow as they are today and major cities will need to be rebuilt to deal with the rise of driverless cars, taxi apps and urban population expansion. According to the UN, urban…

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UK car sales see first drop for six years

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BBC News has reported that new car sales fell 5.6% from 2016, the first fall in six years, with diesel sales falling 17%. Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said he expected car sales to continue to fall this year and blamed falling sales on declining business and consumer…

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Uber granted licence to operate in Aberdeen

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BBC News has reported that Uber has been granted permission to operate in Aberdeen.  Councillors were not involved in the decision as council officers granted the license through delegated powers. Uber currently operates in Glasgow and Edinburgh however it has suffered setbacks in recent months, having its license revoked in London and York.

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£4M Investment Upgrade for Valleys Bus Service

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Business News Wales has reported that Stagecoach has launched a £4m investment in Rhondda Cynon Taf borough in south Wales. The investment has provided 24 new vehicles, each equipped with free Wi-Fi, better accessibility and Euro VI engines.

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Anger over Gwynedd bus service route changes

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BBC News has reported that since Express Motors had its license revoked by the Wales Traffic Commissioner on New Year’s Eve, communities have been left without a bus service. Two villages have lost all ten daily buses with other towns reduced from thirteen to three. Gwynedd Council said it is trying to provide replacement services,…

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